Villa Tafika, Mangochi Hotel Accommodation, Southern Region, Malawi

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Villa Tafika

Villa Tafika offers Hotel Accommodation in Mangochi, Southern Region, Malawi

Highlights Facilities & what to expect at Villa Tafika

  • Built in 1891, Villa Tafika is one of the oldest houses in Malawi
  • Spacious executive rooms
  • Typical colonial high ceilings
  • All rooms at Villa are ensuite and have recently been furnished with new beddings, bathing towels and African deco furniture
  • Classic rooms for guests on a smaller budget with ensuite with hot water (ecological friendly with solar geysers). Natural vented. Fans are included.
  • Restaurant - offers a variety of dishes
  • Popular villa sports bar with views over the water has flat plasma DSTV, darts, etc
  • Conference Venue / Facilities
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Beach Music Festivals
  • Private Cooperate parties
  • Weddings
  • Chess
  • Badminton
  • Tour to lake Malawi Museum
  • Soon we will be offering group mount bike tours to the beautiful Namizimu Forest Reserve which is 20 KM from our Lodge
  • Our future plan is to offer boat safaris to liwonde national park and Cape Maclear.

The spacious executive rooms in the main building are said to be the former residence of the captain who won decisively the first sea battle for Britain in WW 1, and have typical colonial high ceilings. By the way, all rooms at Villa are ensuite and have recently been furnished with new beddings, bathing towels and African deco furniture!!

Accomodation

For those guests with a small budget, we make you feel at home in classic rooms, ensuite with hot water (ecological friendly with solar geysers). Rooms located on the first floor in the new wing have beautiful ceilings with thatched roofs, which give a natural vent and African flair, fans are included!

Restaurant

The restaurant offers a variety of dishes. For bigger groups we recommend prior arrangements.
The open popular villa sports bar with views over the water has flat plasma DSTV, darts, etc. On weekends people meet to play chess and beach volleyball at the sandy beach. What a great opportunity to socialize with both tourists and Malawians without hassles!!
Come and see for yourself!

Please contact the Manager for enquiries. We continuously strive to improve our services and believe that the smile you send out comes back to you.

Conference

Recently we opened the magnificent Villa Conference Square - seating capacity for 100 people. The spacious beach front and gardens is another venue for even bigger functions and events, up 1000 people. There is a newly installed generator. Our conference square is ideal place for private business and group parties.

Actvities

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Beach Music Festivals
  • Private Cooperate parties
  • Weddings
  • Chess
  • Badminton
  • Tour to lake Malawi Museum
  • Soon we will be offering group mount bike tours to the beautiful Namizimu Forest Reserve which is 20 KM from our Lodge
  • Our future plan is to offer boat safaris to liwonde national park and Cape Maclear.

History of Villa Tafika

Built in 1891, Villa Tafika is one of the oldest houses in Malawi. Mangochi was then known as Fort Johnston, an English settlement errected in order to hinder the spread of the Portuguese influence. At this strategical place ferries were crossing the river. It was here, where the British fought against the Yao, who were involved in slavetrade. Chief Mponda was defeated right at this spot.

Rhoedes, the captain of the famous HMS Guendolin lived in the house. He brought the first naval victory for the British at Lake Malawi during the WW I by striking the unprepared German Herman van Wissman by surprise. Later during colonial time this place already had a good reputation for hospitality when it became Hotel Fort Johnston. It was used as the European Club. Behind todays Villa Tafika, the former Fort Johnson Hotel is the former tennis clubhouse which is today the Lake Malawi Museum. To the left of Villa Tafika is the Queen Victoria Memorial Tower, in front of Villa is the water front.

Heavy floods put the house under water (year unknown). When it was restored, the terrain was raised. As you can see, the groundfloor disappeared. The first floor became the groundfloor of the house, turning the balcony into a khonde. The room on top which gives the building its imposing character and the balcony were added later.

This house also became the residence of the District Commissioners.

Then Dr. Tim Currinam as the first Head of Department of Community Health of College of Medicine was living in that house. Also the Head of Fisheries Department lived here.

An era of decay and vandalism followed. Mr. Chikwenga bought the house. Each of the four big rooms was let out to individuals and the house became overcrowded. Water and electricity were disconnected. The building became dilapidated. The roof invested with bats. Windows were vandalized. The powerful kachere tree forced its way through the walls of the building causing huge cracks in the walls. A building more than 100 years old was about to be lost in decay.

In 2004 the neglected house was taken over by Prof. Joseph M. Mfutso Bengo and his family. He renovated this place and restored its old glory - as a villa and a hotel - Villa Tafika Lodge (2006).

The Villa Tafika you see today includes the original house. To the existing four rooms, rooms were added by closing the khonde. All original walls were maintained. The balcony had become a hazard and needed to be re-enforced and re-built. The roof was secured with new columns. Ceilings along the elevated khonde (veranda) make it safe and attractive. Like in the very old times, the roof would be made out of grass.

Since 2007 the new wing has been opened.

Villa Tafika 2020 Rates:*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

From Mk18k Per Unit: Based on the Villa Classic Medium unit for 2 people per night which would = Mk9000 per person sharing when the rate is split. See rates for more information.

Villa Tafika

(Rates are per unit per night)
Villa Special:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk25,000 per night
Mk28,000 per night
Shire:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk20,000 per night
Mk23,000 per night
Villa Classic:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk20,000 per night
Mk23,000 per night
Villa Classic Medium:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk15,000 per night
Mk18,000 per night
Ntonda:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk20,000 per night
Mk23,000 per night
Mpondasi up:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk10,000 per night
Mk10,000 per night
Mpondasi down:
Single Occupancy:
Double Occupancy:

Mk9,000 per night
Mk9,000 per night
Villa family suite special: Mk55,000 per night
Villa family suite classic: Mk45,000 per night

Conference hall hire

Price per day: MK 35,000
Refreshments: MK 4,000per person

Our Location Map Location of Villa Tafika

Co-ordinates:

-14.479437, 35.272564

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From Mk18k Per Unit
  • 48
Mangochi, Southern Region, Malawi
48
24
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Tel: +265 111 593 544 Cell: +265 991 860 033
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